|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
The People’s Republic of China has officially surpassed the 800 million mark for the number of Internet users for the first time, further leveraging its position as home to the world’s biggest online community, as the country kept up its investment in infrastructure and pushed to lower fees.
According to the latest data from the Chinese government, the number of Internet users in China rose by 30 million in the first half to 802 million, representing a penetration rate of 57.7%.
A report by state agency China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) released on Monday reveals all but 1.7% of the users access the Internet through mobile devices.
As of June 2018, seven in 10 Chinese Internet users have shopped and paid for purchases online. About 566 million people use mobile payment, an increase of 7.4% compared with six months earlier.
The U.S. is estimated to have approximately 300 million internet users. The number of internet users in China is now more than the combined populations of Japan, Russia, Mexico and the U.S., as Bloomberg noted.
The growth of China’s internet also places pressure on the government to maintain its policy of control over information that appears online.
Tech Crunch has noted, “It is common knowledge that Western services such as Twitter and Facebook are inaccessible in Mainland China, but the government has also cracked down on local services that include Toutiao, which is run by new media firm ByteDance, which is currently talking to investors to raise $2.5-$3.5 billion.”
As an illustration, ByteDance was ordered to shutter a parody app it operated in China while four news and content apps were suspended from the App Store and Google Play for offending authorities. ByteDance responded by doubling its content moderation team and developing stronger systems for checking content.